Teachers deserve a democratic Education Council

Teachers around New Zealand reeling from the news that their registration fees could more than double will be even angrier that the National Government has removed their ability to have any say about who sits on the Council that sets those fees, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. 

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Parata in denial over special education crisis

Hekia Parata has her head buried in the sand when it comes to the pressure that schools are under as they attempt to cope with an increasing number of children with severe behavioural and other learning support needs, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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Tertiary staff suffering under National

New survey results from the Tertiary Education Union of more than a thousand sector staff members show wellbeing is in decline and stress levels are up under National which ultimately leads to students suffering, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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Every child deserves quality early childhood education

The Labour Party today reaffirmed its commitments to properly fund quality early childhood education and ensure that all teachers working in early childhood centres are appropriately qualified and registered, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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Hipkins confirmed as Labour candidate for Rimutaka

The Rimutaka Labour Party confirmed Chris Hipkins as their candidate for this year’s general election at their Annual General Meeting last night.

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National can’t hide from school funding facts

A frenzied series of announcements in recent weeks can’t hide the fact school buildings and classrooms have been run down during the tenure of the current National Government, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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National sits on cash while parents stump up even more

The National government is sitting in a massive $330 million underspend while parents are being asked to stump up even more to pay for kids’ education that’s supposed to be free, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

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Far right US politics not the answer

Performance pay for teachers has repeatedly failed in the United States and has no place in New Zealand, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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National doubles down on qualification double up embarrassment

News that one in five of the people enrolling in Youth Guarantee already hold qualifications at the level they’re enrolling in highlights the failure of the scheme to reach the disengaged young people it was set up to assist, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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Education chickens come home to roost

Rather than address critical teacher shortages the National Government have made them worse by cutting one of the few programmes that aims to recruit people to the profession, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

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